Experiential Learning

MLB College Challenge

The MLB.com College Challenge is back!

For the seventh consecutive year, MLB Advanced Media (MLB.com) and Syracuse University’s iSchool  have teamed up to challenge iSchool and all Syracuse University students to see if they have what it takes to make it in the Big Leagues. 

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With a brand new topic and amazing prizes, the 2016 MLB.com College Challenge is poised to be the best one yet! The contest invites current students to tackle real world problems in the sports-tech industry and pitch their ideas to current MLB.com employees who are also Syracuse alums.

After repeated success and increased participation, we’ll be kicking off this year’s event in style! We’ll start with dinner at the Carrier Dome’s Club 44 followed by an all night hack-a-thon type event.  The next evening, teams will have the opportunity to pitch their creative ideas to a panel of MLB and Syracuse judges. Teams will submit and present competing solutions and will be evaluated based on a series of different criteria.  After careful deliberation by the judges, the 2016 MLB.com College Challenge winner will be crowned!

Students will be able to:

  • Apply their coursework to a real business issue (all levels and skill sets welcome)
  • Innovate solutions for one of the best website and online media companies in the world
  • Develop their professional presentation capabilities
  • Receive feedback from a distinguished panel of sports media and technology professionals
  • Network with and showcase their talents to a prospective employer, current faculty, iSchool staff and other like-minded students 

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all matriculated Syracuse University undergraduate students. All iSchool students are encouraged to participate. Students will participate in self-composed teams. Rosters must be composed of 2–4 people, and each team must have at least one full time iSchool student. Teams are encouraged to reach across age groups and disciplines in order to create solutions from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

Important Details

There will be an information session held on Tuesday, October 25 at 3:00 PM in the ICE Box (2nd floor, Hinds Hall).

Team registration is due by Noon on Friday, November 4.

Competition dates are November 10 and 11. Competition begins at 6:00 PM on the 10th with dinner at Club 44. 

All participants must read this waiver form, and bring a signed copy of it to the opening event of the competition.

Official contest rules


MLB.com employees will judge all eligible submissions on the following criteria:

  • Business Feasibility (25%)
  • User Interface and Quality of Experience (25%)
  • Innovation and Uniqueness (25%)
  • Presentation (25%)

In the event of a tie, the Innovation and Uniqueness score will be used to determine the winner.


The winning team will travel to New York City for a dinner with MLB.com employees and an overnight stay.  The following day, the winning team will tour the MLB.com office located in NYC’s historic Chelsea Market followed by lunch, and the opportunity to share the winning presentation with other MLB employees! All entrants will enjoy participation prizes from MLB.com.

Competition Organizers

The contest is being coordinated by iSchool faculty member and CEO of SIDEARM Sports, Jeffrey Rubin, Julie Walas Huynh, Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, and iSchool alumni and current MLB.com employees, Josh Frost ’08, Marc Squire '11, Ben Romy ’12, Andrew Pregler ’15, and James McRoberts ‘15, and Sammy Pardes '16,  along with fellow Syracuse University graduate, Mike Hoffman ’93.


About MLB.com

Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations, MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site,www.MLB.com, and each of the 30 individual club sites to create the most comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet.

MLB.com offers fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity on the web, including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game video webcasts and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts of every game, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, around-the-clock hosted and specialty video programming and complete blogging capabilities. MLB.com offers more live events on the Internet than any other web site in the world.